I have been having gear envy of my friends extensive collection of recovery gear he brings to the desert in his Toyota Fortuner. He has some MaxTrac sand ladders, a high lift jack and the most used piece of gear, the kinetic snatch rope. I know how well the rope works frome personal experience
( stock jeep and there is some really thick sand in places ). He does some serious dune bashing for fun on the weekends but most of us just drive across the dunes in a convoy to get to some of our dive sites. I am mainly interested in having the right gear to help get the others in our group out, especially when I'm leading the diving that day. I'm pretty sure the easiest and cheapest solution would be to get the snatch rope but I have a couple of questions.
To attach the rope to the back of the jeep to pull someone out I am thinking I could drill through the frame and attach a d-ring shackle or something similar. If this is a bad idea let me know but I would think there would be a lot more strength there than somewhere on the bumper.
I was also thinking it would be nice to have, and just look cool
, a winch on the front instead. I have seen a Land Cruiser pull out a GMC Envoy by just hooking to the rear and turning on the winch. I have zero experience when it comes to winches so my question for those of you that use them, would the light weight of the jeep compared to a stuck suv cause the winch to just pull me across the sand instead of pulling them out? I have no clue how that would work, just thinking of questions to ask before I spend money on anything.